Looking for a smarter way to meet your energy needs, tread lightly on the earth and reduce your power bill, without compromising your lifestyle? Solar could be the answer.
With two young boys under the age of five and one more on the way, Jenny and Bill Gillette both work part-time from home with the washing machine, dryer, dishwasher and air conditioner humming in the background. They rely on their tablets to entertain the boys when getting dinner on the table, smart phones to stay in touch, and laptops for work and paying the bills. Maximising their work-life balance would be impossible without reliable energy.
The 70-odd appliances that are in the average Australian home are essential for our busy lives, and most of these conveniences we take for granted – until the power bill comes in.
The Tipping Point
Reducing the amount of energy we use can make a dent in our power bill, but for many Australian families, regularly forgoing the clothes dryer or heating simply isn’t an option. And with energy prices forecast to increase, the amount we spend on energy is a growing concern for many families on a tight budget.
The Simple Switch
Australians rely on thermal coal power plants for stable base load generation, which contributes to Australia being one of the biggest generators of greenhouse gasses per capita in the world. Advances in technology and government incentives have ushered a shift towards harnessing a source of energy that is free, clean, 100 per cent renewable and virtually unlimited – the sun. Australia has more solar radiation per square kilometre on average than anywhere else in the world, and solar panels are an obvious solution that allows us to make use of this energy source.
How it Works
Harnessing the sun to power your home is simple. Solar photovoltaic panels fitted on the roof of your home convert solar radiation from the sun to electricity. Those panels are connected to the inverter, which produces clean, sustainable, reliable electricity that can be used in the home. With the right solar experts, getting solar installed is easy and the more electricity your solar power system generates and you consume, the less you buy off your energy retailer.
The Financial Benefits
The beautiful thing about solar is that if you’re generating more energy than you're using, you could get money back for that un-used solar energy that is fed into the grid, depending on your location and various solar feed in tariffs available in your state or territory.
There’s another benefit to solar – it can actually increase the value of your home when it comes to sell, and with more and more renters looking at reducing their overall bills, solar is a solution that makes sense as a landlord too.
Reducing Energy Costs and Usage
If your family uses home appliances throughout the day – say if you work from home or part-time, have a pool or large number of appliances - solar can help reduce energy costs through that period. Your day-time energy can be offset with solar power generated during the day, and this can be maximised by shifting your usage to that period – which timers and smart phone controlled apps can help schedule.
Solar Made Simple for $0 Upfront
Previously, getting the right solar installed was arduous and expensive. Not anymore, with the AGL solar Smart Plan, customers can benefit from solar energy without the upfront costs associated with the purchase and installation of a tailored solar solution based on your lifestyle and energy usage. It’s solar for $0 upfront.
AGL will install the system, monitor it and ensure everything is running as efficiently as possible for the life of the plan. It’s hassle-free giving you more time for the things you really want to do.
With the solar Smart Plan, a guaranteed minimum amount of solar energy is supplied (based on climate zone) for a predetermined monthly amount making it easier to budget each month, and with four solar Smart Plan options – 7, 10, 12 or 15 years - there’s a plan to suit all budgets. Best of all, at the end of the plan, you own the system outright.
No two homes are the same, and the conflicting information about solar can be confusing. To get the most out of your solar power system, you want a provider that will tailor a solution depending on the size, orientation and position of your house.
If you’re ready to make the switch or want more information on solar energy or AGL’s solar Smart plan, visit aglsolar.com.au or call 1300 377 118 to speak to a solar expert.